The ICT Council is pleased to present the 4th Annual Monitoring Report, for the period ending 31 March 2020 as part of its constitutionally mandated function. The ICT Council is grateful for the support received from ICT measured entities, the South African National Accreditation Services (SANAS) approved verification agencies, as well as other parties who provided the data that informs these monitoring reports. The ICT Council is reliant on the cooperation of the verification agencies to educate measured entities and to submit the verification reports and we also appreciate the support afforded by the DTPS in this regard.
“The ICT Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code (ICT Code). The ICT Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation the ICT Code and report progress to Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; Minister of Trade & Industry Mr Ebrahim Patel and stakeholders in the ICT sector. Since its first meeting on 1 October 2015, the ICT Council has achieved several milestones as it engaged with the Sector’s stakeholders to promote and increase the pace of transformation in the critical sub-sectors of broadcasting, electronics, information technology and telecommunications that comprise the vital ICT industry,” explains Andile Tlhoaele, the re-elected Chairperson of the ICT Council.
On 12 March 2020 the ICT Council constituted the Secord Term of the ICT Council. This comes after the decision by Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies to appoint 22 individuals as members to serve on the Second Term of the ICT Council. The appointment of members of the ICT Council is effective from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2024.
The monitoring reports identify areas for further action and provide recommendations for consideration and improvement by the stakeholders in this vital and dynamic sector. This is the fourth report to measure the impact of the Amended ICT Sector Code 2016 (the initial report had data from the ICT Sector Code 2012), which required restatement of some 2018 figures, to ensure a proper comparison, particularly in the QSE group of results. “The findings of the 4th Report underline the importance of the newly-strengthened ICT Council’s role in achieving transformation in the Sector, particularly in the light of the 4IR imperatives and the impact of COVID-19 on the country. The operations of the ICT Council must expand accordingly, to support the entire spectrum of stakeholders,” concluded Tlhoaele.
About the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council
The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) ICT Sector Council (the ICT Council) is established in terms of the Codes of Good Practice issued under Section (9.1) of Act No. 46 of 2013, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2013 Amended Guidelines for Developing and Gazetting of Sector Codes, notice 408 of 2015, 06 May 2015. This was followed by the appointment of the first members of the ICT Council for a term of four years by the then ICT Sector Line Minster, Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services on 23 September 2015 after being concurred by the Cabinet Meeting of 23 September 2015.
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